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NMSU students receive scholarships from Space Grant Consortium

Thirteen New Mexico State University graduate and undergraduate students received scholarships from the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) for fall 2004.


ar, NMSGC awards $125,000 scholarships to students in New Mexico. Graduate Research Fellowships are awarded to students who work with faculty on funded research projects. Education Scholarships are awarded to education majors to allow recipients to develop the math and science materials for their student teaching assignments.

NMSGC awarded nine Graduate Research Fellowships worth $4,000 each, two Education Scholarships worth $2,000 each and three summer internships at NASA field centers to students at NMSU.

Graduate Research Fellowships recipients for fall 2004 are Megan Allen, an agricultural biology graduate student from Harrisburg, Neb.; Carrie Marie Anderson, an astronomy graduate student from Las Cruces; Joleen Nicole Atencio, an agricultural biology graduate student from Phoenix, Ariz.; Sarah Bates, an astronomy graduate student from Oklahoma City; Ryan Campbell, an astronomy graduate student from Portland, Ore.; Lee Finley, a computer engineering graduate student from Ashville, Ohio; Brandon Lawton, a astronomy graduate student from Olympia, Wash.; Heather Osborne, an astronomy graduate student from Las Cruces, and Randy Romero Jr., an electrical engineering graduate student from Chamisal, N.M.

The Education Scholarships for fall 2004 were awarded to Veronica Munoz, a senior elementary education major from Las Cruces, and Elizabeth Sullivan, a senior from Carlsbad, N.M., who is double majoring in secondary education and mathematics.

Selected for summer internships with NASA were Finley; Matthew King, a senior electrical engineering major from Las Cruces; and Aaron Paz, a senior mechanical engineering major from Las Cruces. King and Paz will work at the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Finley will work at the Kennedy Space Center. The students will work with engineers and scientists on NASA missions.

The goal of NMSGC, which is funded by NASA, is to encourage New Mexico citizens to participate in the economic, education and scientific benefits of space. The consortium works to recruit New Mexicans into aerospace-related math, science, engineering and technology careers and to establish commonalities among its consortium partners.

For more information call NMSGC at (505) 646-6414 or visit the Web site at http://spacegrant.nmsu.edu/NMSU/scholarships/index.html.